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Facebook Messenger — Everything you need to know!

Facebook Messenger is a great way to connect with friends, chat with family, send photos, have group chats, and so, so much more. Here's everything you need to know about Facebook Messenger!

If you're someone who uses the Facebook mobile app constantly on your iPhone, then the natural peanut butter to that jelly would be downloading Messenger!

Messenger allows users to connect, chat, and keep up to date in more ways than just sending simple text messages and emojis to one another: there are options to have group chats, the ability to make 'phone' calls, chances to play video games through Messenger, and so, so much more.

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Here's absolutely everything you need to know about Facebook Messenger!

What exactly is Facebook Messenger?

Facebook Messenger is essentially an app that allows Facebook users specifically to chat, connect, and interact via group and private messages with one another.

Facebook Messenger:

Instantly reach the people in your life—for free. Messenger is just like texting, but you don't have to pay for every message (it works with your data plan).

How does it work?

Using your Facebook friend's list as an address book, Facebook Messenger lets you send and receive messages, phone calls, photos, documents, GIFs, and so much more from whoever you're speaking to – you can even play games with them!

When you're having a standard conversation with someone, you can choose to send them video clips, your upcoming plans, GIFs, your location, photos, voice memos, and even quick responses like a thumbs-up if you don't have time to write something out.

Users can even access different Extensions to other apps and programs like Spotify, KAYAK the Food Network, Trivia Blast, theScore, Swelly, and the NBA to directly send things like recipes, stats, articles from the Wall Street Journal, and more.

You can either choose to have your conversation with a group of friends, over voice-chat with a couple of buddies, or even through a group video chat with family as you're on vacation.

You can even use Facebook Messenger as a Snapchat or Instagram Stories sort-of medium with one of Facebook Messenger's latest features called Messenger Day, where users can add different face filters, write and edit photos creatively, etc.

Facebook Messenger:

Message anyone one-to-one or in groups. Capture photos and videos with fun art and effects. Make free voice and video calls from anywhere. Play games to compete with your friends.

What's up with the Homepage?

The Homepage on Facebook Messenger acts almost like a hub for everything in the app:

It shows updated Messenger Day stories at the top of the screen (similar to Instagram Stories), it shows your most recent conversations that are active, it shows who has a birthday that day and gives you the option to message them, it shows you additional Facebook friends who are active, and it shows you older conversations that you've had in the past.

From the Homepage you can also swipe down to access Messenger Day, manage and create groups and rooms, search for specific messages, compose a new message, and more.

How do I make calls?

Along the bottom of Facebook Messenger there are a bunch of icons including Home, Calls, People, and Games.

If you tap on calls, you'll be able to make voice calls (almost like a phone call) to a person or a group of people of your choice.

You can also make video calls with individual people or with a group of people effortlessly!

Are there different ways to connect with people via Messenger?

Besides adding a person as a friend and being able to direct message them, you can...

  1. Choose to message someone you're not friends with and risk the message forever floating in Message Request Limbo.

  1. Did you know that everyone has a Facebook Messenger code? (Think Snap code or old-fashioned Blackberry Messenger codes). You can access it through the People tab at the bottom of your screen and use it to effortlessly scan and add different people.

  2. You can quite literally invite people to join Facebook Messenger if you can't get a hold of them: simply tap Invite People under the People tab and select who you'd like to invite to Messenger!

What does 'Creating A Room' mean?

Rooms are for conversations about topics that anyone can discover and join.

Rooms are essentially like public groups where people who have liked a certain topic (ie, Cats in super cool hats) can get together and chat about said certain topic.

Facebook Messenger will sometimes suggest joining different rooms or creating different rooms based on events you want to go to or your other activity on Facebook.

I can play Games on Facebook Messenger?

Tech Crunch:

Instant Games [for Messenger] give people a conversation starter, and something to do while they wait for friends to reply to messages.

Using Facebook Messenger, you can play games and compete against friends all from the comfort of Messenger!

There are tons of different games and game-types to play around with, from things like Words With Friends, to Solitaire, Bingo, 8 Ball Pool, and everything in between.

What the heck is Messenger Day?

Is it free?

Yup! 100%!

Where can I download the app?

You can download the Facebook Messenger right here![

Do you have any questions?

Is there anything we missed that you have questions about regarding Facebook Messenger? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Video: watch iOS 11 Messages new “Echo” and “Spotlight” fullscreen effects in action

Apple’s expressive Messages app gained some interesting fullscreen effects with last year’s release of iOS 10. With iOS 11, Apple is bringing a pair of brand new effects to the built-in messaging app, called “Echo” and “Spotlight”.

The two new effects are in addition to the existing ones: Balloons, Celebration, Confetti, Love, Lasers, Fireworks and Shooting Star. To use these effects, press the Send button in Messages with 3D Touch, then tap the Screen tab at the top to swipe through real-time effect previews.

  • Echo, as the title suggests, multiplies your text all over the screen.
  • Spotlight puts a large spotlight on your chat bubble to emphasize your text.

Watch the new Messages effect in action.

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As for the so-called bubble effects, no new ones have been added in iOS 11. iOS 10 currently includes five different bubble effects: Slam, Loud, Gentle and Invisible Ink.

How do you like the two fancy new effects in Messages for iOS 11?

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Twitter’s inbox now separates out messages from people you don’t follow

Twitter is rolling out a new inbox section which it says is designed to separate direct messages from people you do and don’t follow, making it easier to accept or delete unsolicited chats.

“If you’ve opted-in to get Direct Messages from anyone, messages from people you don’t follow will go into Requests in the Messages tab,” wrote the company in a tweet yesterday.

New group chats you’re added to by people you don’t follow will also appear in Requests.

Upon entering the chat, you’ll be asked to either Delete or Accept the message. Accepting the chat moves it to your inbox, allowing you to continue the conversation with that person.

“Please note that they will not know you have seen the message until you have accepted their request,” said Twitter. All media will be hidden prior to accepting the message.

If you wish to view any hidden media, tap the View Media option.

Conversely, deleting the message removes it from the inbox although that account is still able to message you in the future unless you block or report it. These new features are available on the mobile Twitter app for iOS and Android and on

TUTORIAL: How to find Messenger chats you didn’t know existed

Facebook-owned Messenger introduced a similar feature back in October 2015, replacing the “Other” inbox with a Message Requests section that brought all the messages from people you’re not friends with on Facebook in one central place, separate from your regular chats.

Grab Twitter for iOS for free from App Store.

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Instagram Direct now lets you send links and images in landscape and portrait orientations

Instagram yesterday announced a pair of minor updates for Direct, a direct-messaging feature built into its mainland mobile app for iOS and Android. For starters, Instagram Direct now supports sending images and videos in portrait and landscape orientations.

Plus, Instagram is just now offering support for sending links in direct messages.

The ability to send a permanent photo or video in landscape and portrait orientations through Direct means you no longer have to worry about weirdly cropping it as it will now show up properly in its intended orientation.

“We’ve added support for links in Direct,” noted the company. “You can share website links with friends and preview them directly from your thread.” As a bonus, the team also has implemented automatic links to phone numbers and addresses send through Direct.

Landscape and portrait uploads in Direct are available today on iOS, with Android coming soon. Links in Direct messages are available today on both iOS and Android.

Today’s features are part of Instagram’s version 10.22 update.

Grab Instagram for free via App Store.

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AI powered, end-to-end encrypted calls now available in Telegram Desktop

Secure instant messaging service Telegram today launched voice calls in its desktop app for Mac, Windows and Linux nearly two months after implementing the voice-calling feature in Telegram Messenger for iPhone and iPad.

To make sure Telegram calls are the best in terms of quality, speed and security, the app uses artificial intelligence to update its neural network after each call about things such as network speed, ping times, packet loss percentage and other factors that influence the quality of your VoIP calls.

Based on gathered data, the app optimizes dozens of parameters to improve the quality of future calls on the given device and network. By default, Telegram calls are lightweight.

If there’s a change in your connection during the call, the app will make necessary adjustments.

For instance, Telegram may boost your sound quality on stable Wi-Fi connection or use less data if your Wi-Fi or cellular coverage is spotty at best.

Whenever possible, your calls will go over a peer-to-peer connection using the best audio codecs to save traffic while providing “crystal-clear quality.” When a peer-to-peer connection cannot be established, the app will use the closest server to you.

Telegram has its own distributed infrastructure all over the world to ensure the fastest possible delivery of your texts and seamless voice calling experience. As mentioned, VoIP calls on Telegram use end-to-end encryption, just like the app’s Secret Chats feature, to prevent eavesdropping.

For voice calls, however, they’ve improved the key exchange mechanism. “To make sure your call is 100 percent secure, you and your recipient just need to compare four emoji”, said the team.

Bottom line: the quality of Telegram calls will further improve as you and others use them, thanks to the built-in machine learning. And with group calling, video calling and screen sharing apparently on the team’s to-do list, Telegram is bound to become a capable Skype alternative.

As soon as VoIP calls are enabled for your country, a phone icon will appear on every profile page in Telegram Desktop.

Telegram for iOS is available free via App Store.

Telegram Desktop can be downloaded from Mac App Store or through the official website.

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